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|2020 prediction from professor who called every election since 1984
Allan Lichtman accurately predicted in 2016 that Donald Trump would win, and then be impeached.
POSTED AUGUST 05, 2020 2:10 PM
|Photos of mask-less students crammed into a Georgia school hallway show how difficult reopenings could be
Photos posted on social media show crowded hallways at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia, where coronavirus cases have been reported.
POSTED AUGUST 05, 2020 1:00 PM
|Georgia prosecutor asks court to revoke bond for former Atlanta policeman charged with murder
A Georgia prosecutor has asked a judge to revoke the bond for the former Atlanta policeman charged with murder in the shooting of Rayshard Brooks, saying in court papers that he had violated its terms by taking an out-of-state vacation. Brooks, a Black man, was fatally shot in June in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant in Atlanta, an incident that was caught on video and set off days of protests over racial inequality and social injustice. District Attorney Paul Howard asked the court late on Tuesday to send former officer Garrett Rolfe, 27, back to jail for violating the terms of his bond, which include a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and an order that he stays within the court's jurisdiction.
POSTED AUGUST 05, 2020 11:28 AM
|2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate was impounded in Beirut's port after it was seized from an abandoned ship in 2014, years before the explosion
The cargo of an abandoned ship, the MV Rhosus, was behind the cataclysmic blast at Beirut's port on Tuesday, state media in Lebanon said.
POSTED AUGUST 05, 2020 9:10 AM
|This is what it looked like after the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima 75 years ago
On August 6, 1945, a U.S. bomber famously known as the Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, marking a historic act of nuclear warfare.
POSTED AUGUST 05, 2020 5:57 AM
|AP PHOTOS: Terror, death, devastation in Lebanon explosion
As they watched a huge mushroom cloud rise over the seaport capital, many who felt the massive explosion in Beirut on Tuesday thought it was a nuclear detonation. Others described the popping and bursting of fireworks and a raging fire that spread to another building, triggering the blast felt kilometers (miles) away. The explosion collapsed balconies, shattered windows and ripped bricks from buildings, killing more than 70 people and injuring more than 3,000.
POSTED AUGUST 04, 2020 5:01 PM
|Progressive activist Cori Bush defeats 20-year incumbent Rep. William Lacy Clay
In a stunning victory, progressive activist Cori Bush defeated Rep. William Lacy Clay in Missouri's 1st Congressional District Democratic primary on Tuesday.Clay has represented the district for the last 20 years, and before that, his father, William Lacy Clay Sr., held the seat for three decades. Bush ran against the incumbent in 2018, but lost by a 20-point margin. On Tuesday, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, Bush has 48.6 percent of the vote, compared to Clay with 45.5 percent.Bush was endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and is calling for universal health care, raising the minimum wage, and police reform. In a victory speech, Bush said Missouri's 1st Congressional District "has decided that an incremental approach isn't going to work any longer. We decided that we the people have the answers, and we will lead from the front lines."More stories from theweek.com How the Electoral College made America's pandemic response worse The Republican problem no one knows how to solve Twitter says vulnerability could have exposed direct messages for Android users
POSTED AUGUST 05, 2020 1:45 AM
|Massive Explosions Devastate Beirut
A series of massive explosions detonated in Beirut on Tuesday, with footage showing a mushroom cloud and shockwave emanating from the city port.> Video of the explosion that rocked Beirut not long ago > pic.twitter.com/Lt1kahDXEt> > -- Intel Air & Sea (@air_intel) August 4, 2020It is still unclear what caused the explosions. Lebanese security forces claimed the explosion took place at a fireworks factory. Security officials say at least ten people have died.Terrorist group Hezbollah is suspected to control weapons depots and even missile launch sites in the city."We are closely following reports of an explosion in Beirut on August 4," a State Department spokesperson told National Review. "We extend our deepest condolences to all those affected, and stand ready to offer all possible assistance."The spokesperson added, "We have no information about the cause of the explosion," and urged American citizens to "avoid the affected areas."The explosions came several days before a U.N.-backed court's expected verdict on the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri, who was killed in a car bombing in 2005. The suspects are four members of Hezbollah. After Hariri's killing was traced back to the terror group, international pressure led Syria to pull its military forces out of Lebanon after a 29-year presence.Tensions have risen lately between Hezbollah and Israel, following a Monday attempt by suspected militants to infiltrate Israel's Golan Heights region. However, senior Israeli officials denied that the country was involved in the Beirut explosions.Video footage from Beirut showed extensive damage to the area:> Beirut streets now. pic.twitter.com/8mZSXTLNQI> > -- Samar Saeed/سمر سعيد (@Samarsaeed) August 4, 2020> Fireworks explosion?! I felt like I’m dying, I still can’t believe it Lebanon Beirut pic.twitter.com/EMTS470FOH> > -- Ahmad M. Yassine | أحمد م. ياسين (@Lobnene_Blog) August 4, 2020
POSTED AUGUST 04, 2020 12:40 PM
|This May Be The Most Absurd, Trumpian Drama Ever
The federal agency primarily responsible for the distribution of foreign aid has been roiled in recent days by the most Trumpian of dramas, one involving an anti-LGBT political appointee, blundering conservative operative Jacob Wohl, accusations of stalking, prostitution, and the potential hiring of a young conservative with past racist writings. The chaos seemed set to crest with a slap-dash press conference scheduled for this Thursday. But within a day of the presser’s announcement, the main protagonist was apparently recanting her accusations and insinuating that Wohl had stolen her phone and signed into her Twitter account to send the offending messages that set off the fireworks that got her fired. The setting of the entire mess was the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), an agency known largely as a bit of a backwater when it comes to the government’s foreign policy apparatus, but one with a $16.8 billion foreign aid budget. On Monday a political appointee and deputy White House liaison there, Merritt Corrigan, took to Twitter to accuse her employer of “anti-Christian” bias. Corrigan’s appointment at USAID has been under fire for months over anti-gay tweets she made in 2019 and 2020, including accusing the United States of being a “homo-empire” devoted to a “tyrannical LGBT agenda,” tweeting that “female empowerment is a civilizational calamity,” and advocating for the creation of a “Christian patriarchy.” But on Monday, her targets were both USAID itself and House Foreign Relations Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel (D-NY), whom she accused of soliciting prostitutes. As Corrigan’s initial tweets went up, she claimed USAID gave her a 3 p.m. deadline to resign or be fired. When the deadline passed, Corrigan said she was fired.On its own, the episode was bizarre. But then it got much weirder. Jacob Wohl Charged With Felony in CaliforniaCorrigan, who is/was apparently dating Wohl, announced that she’d be appearing Thursday in front of Wohl associate Jack Burkman’s Northern Virginia house—a site that has previously hosted farcical attempts to smear Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) with lurid sexual allegations. There, she would further denounce USAID, accuse a Politico reporter who covered her resignation of stalking her, and demand that Engel debate her and Burkman. In a press release announcing the press conference, Burkman and Wohl claimed that Wohl, who is currently facing two felony charges related to security sales in California, had “been working behind the scenes with Corrigan for months.”Jacob Wohl’s Bogus Warren Accuser Exaggerated His Military Service RecordEngel’s office did not return a request for comment. And, perhaps, for good reason. The accusations have no proof or merit, and as the story unfolded it became increasingly difficult to get a read on where the truth actually began and the innuendo and smears ended. On Tuesday afternoon, Corrigan deleted her tweets attacking USAID and stopped responding to messages from The Daily Beast. Wohl claimed in an interview Tuesday that a coterie of Trumpworld personalities had convinced Corrigan to backtrack on her claims. And Burkman claimed that Corrigan had “buyer’s remorse” after sending her tweets. “Somebody does something and then they regret it,” Burkman said. But later in the day, a conduit sent a statement from Corrigan herself that was darker in implication. Corrigan now claimed she’d become the pawn of individuals who had attempted to “ruin” her. "I would like to apologize,” it read. “Especially to the people who have been affected or hurt by the messages sent from my Twitter account, and the claims made in my name over the past 24 hours. I did NOT send these messages, and while I vehemently protested about them being sent in my name, my devices were not in my control. I see now that I was part of an abusive scheme and I was used to attack people that have nothing to do with me.“I will not be participating in any press conferences as claimed in my name, and will have nothing to do with individuals who forced me to hand over my devices so they could control me and the output in my name. Due to naivete and inexperience, I became involved with people who abused my trust, conned me, and claimed they were working in my interest. I became powerless in a situation, and I deeply regret not reaching out to people who knew better, or could help me.”Corrigan is far from the first Wohl associate to bail on one of his press conferences. But she does appear to be the first to have formally held such a high post at a government agency. And her drama illustrates the degree to which the once-staid USAID has become a stomping grounds for a twisted, absurdist circus involving Trumpian figures who despise one another and are notorious for trying to conduct botched operations against their political foes.Prior to the apparent change of course, Corrigan had also made one other noteworthy assertion—that USAID was set to hire yet another controversial political appointment: conservative personality Kyle Kashuv, whose admission to Harvard was revoked last year over racist remarks he made in high school. Kashuv, a survivor of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, rose to fame on the right in the aftermath of the shooting as a conservative counterweight to pro-gun control Parkland students. Kashuv’s opposition to the gun control measures pushed by his classmates earned him a visit to the White House, and a position at conservative campus group Turning Point USA. Along the way, Kashuv antagonized Wohl and some of his right-wing associates for actions like criticizing anti-Muslim activist Laura Loomer for wearing a Nazi-era Jewish star to protest her Twitter ban. Harvard Pulls Pro-Gun Parkland Survivor Kyle Kashuv’s Admission Over Racial SlursBut Kashuv’s star on the right imploded in May 2019, when he was exposed by a fellow classmate for writing racist messages and Google Doc notes. In one text message, Kashuv complained that a classmate dated “ni**erjocks.” In the aftermath of the reporting on Kashuv’s remarks, Harvard revoked Kashuv’s admission to its undergraduate class.Corrigan claims Kashuv has been offered a political appointment to be a special assistant to USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick, after initially being considered for a congressional liaison position. That job offer, she adds, was one point of disagreement with her fellow USAID officials that ultimately led to her speaking out against the agency. “I don’t believe that he’s a real conservative, and his prior media was going to bring a lot of negativity to USAID,” Corrigan told The Daily Beast. The Daily Beast wasn’t able to confirm that Kashuv has been offered a position at USAID, but did obtain a document dated July 31 purporting to be an offer letter from USAID, offering Kashuv a position with roughly $50,000 annual salary as an assistant to Glick, pending a security clearance. The purported offer letter to Kashuv listed the phone number of a USAID employee. When a reporter for The Daily Beast called the number, the woman who answered identified herself as a USAID employee but refused to answer questions about the letter.“I’m sorry, I can’t answer your call,” the woman said, before hanging up.USAID declined repeated requests to comment on whether the agency had offered Kashuv a position, but a spokesperson said USAID would investigate “any complaints of anti-Christian bias” made by Corrigan.Kashuv didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment. Glick, who called Kashuv a “rockstar” in a May tweet, also didn’t respond to requests for comment. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
POSTED AUGUST 05, 2020 4:34 AM
|White House responds to Trump encouraging voting by mail in Florida after criticizing it for months
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh Mcenany responded to Tuesday to President Trump encouraging voting by mail in Florida after criticizing it for months.
POSTED AUGUST 04, 2020 3:02 PM